Let me start this review by mentioning that I purchased this meal and yes...with my money. I am not being paid for this review. I just thought other people may find the information helpful.
Ok, so now that that's out of the way, let's get to the review! :)
I first noticed this Organic Bistro Savory Turkey frozen meal when I was pantry shopping for emergency lunch meals to keep at work for Eat in Month. I noticed that though this product wasn't even on sale, it was nearly sold out in this flavor. I figured it must be pretty good. And anyways, turkey is one of the things I normally like in frozen meals.
I also couldn't believe that this meal came with a side of lentil-quinoa pilaf. What?! How awesome! I've never seen lentils OR quinoa in a frozen meal. The green beans veggie side was pretty cool, too. I do like my veggies.
I enjoyed reading the little story on the back. If a holistic doctor created Organic Bistro Whole Life Meals, they must be pretty good. I feel like a holistic doctor would be more inclined to make their products as nutritious as possible.
The ingredient list was impressive:
- tons of organic ingredients
- natural ingredients
- REAL FOOD...in a frozen meal!
This meal is also a Gluten Free frozen dinner (or lunch).
- only 370 calories (that means I can have a snack later!)
- a whopping 31 g of protein!
- only 240mg sodium (this seems to be the downfall of most pre-packaged foods)
This frozen meal can be prepared in the microwave or conventional oven (but not toaster oven - trust me, I thought about it since you guys know I don't like microwaves, but it says no toaster ovens on the box or I woulda tried!).
Upon first bite, I thought the flavor was a tad on the bland side. I guess it did only have 240 mg of sodium. So, I added a sprinkling of salt, which really helped bring the flavor out. I was glad I was able to add the amount of salt I wanted instead of the sauce being already too salty.
The green beans ended up a bit on the over-cooked side but I was relieved they weren't doused in an overly salty or heavy sauce. The turkey was pretty tender, the sauce was nice and light, and the lentil-quinoa was GREAT and ever-so-slightly spicy!
Overall, the Organic Bistro in Savory Turkey was a frozen meal WIN! I normally am not a fan of frozen meals, but this one is made with real food, mostly organic, and has a good nutritional panel. I thought the flavor was overall quite nice, I was happy the ingredient list was readable, I loved the unique ingredients (quinoa!), and that I felt great after eating it. I will definitely be buying more of this frozen meals!
I have a couple more frozen dinners I'm looking forward to trying, including some from Kashi and Helen's Kitchen.
What is your favorite frozen meal (brand and flavor)?